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Transformative Social Work Practice

Transformative Social Work Practice

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September 2015 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Transformative Social Work Practice presents an innovative and integrative approach towards critically reflective practice with an interweaving of micro, mezzo, and macro applications to real world demands. The authors explore issues commonly addressed by social workers, including health, mental health, addictions, schools, and family and community violence, while challenging assumptions and promoting ethically-driven, evidence-based practice perspectives to advocate for social justice and reduce disparities. The book is about redefining social work practice to meet the current and complex needs of diverse and vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in order to enhance their strengths in an era of unprecedented technological growth, globalization, and change.

Eugenia L. Weiss & Erik M. P. Schott
Chapter 1: Introduction
Part 1: Social Work Practice: Interventions With Adults and Healthy Aging
Dawn Joosten
Chapter 2: Palliative and Hospice Care Settings
Palliative Care  
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Helen Land
Chapter 3: Diverse People Affected by HIV/AIDS
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Dawn Joosten
Chapter 4: Chronic Illness: A Case Study Application With a Latina Client
Micro Perspective: The Client/Consumer, Family, or Group  
Mezzo Perspective: Organization and/or Community Issues  
Macro Perspective: Policy and Government  
Kimberley Finney & Erik Schott
Chapter 5: Psychopharmacology and Psychoeducation for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Jim Hjort
Chapter 6: Mindfulness in Mental Healthcare Settings
Micro Considerations  
Mezzo Considerations  
Macro Considerations  
Elizabeth Eastlund & Eugenia L. Weiss
Chapter 7: Substance Abuse: A Harm Reduction Approach
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perpective  
Macro Perspective  
William Feuerborn
Chapter 8: Hypersexual Behavior: Helping Clients Through Diagnosis and Treatment
Micro Perspective: Sex Addiction  
Mezzo Perspective: Effects on the Community  
Macro Perspective: Social Policy Issues  
Rory Reid, Jacquelene Moghaddam, & Timothy Fong
Chapter 9: Gambling Disorders
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Nadia Islam & Gilbert Richards
Chapter 10: Web-Based Practice
Web-Based Social Work Practice  
USC Telehealth  
Implications for Mezzo Practice  
Implications for Macro Practice  
Eugenia L. Weiss, Shawnmari Kaiser, & Gary Adler
Chapter 11: Equine Assisted Counseling: An Alternative Approach for Trauma
A Note About Trauma  
Background of Equine Assisted Counseling  
Equine Assisted Counseling and Trauma Symptoms  
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Edmund Young
Chapter 12: Social Work in Skilled Nursing Homes
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Part II: Social Work Practice: Interventions With Children, Youth and Families
Laura Hopson, Cynthia Franklin, & Mary Beth Harris
Chapter 13: Social Work Practice in School Settings
The Need for School Social Work Services  
An Ecological Frame for School Social Work Practice  
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Alberto Reynoso & Colleen Friend
Chapter 14: Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Barbara Yoshioka Wheeler, Amy Lyle, Catherine Arnold, Marian Williams, Karen Kay Imagawa, & Min Ah Kim
Chapter 15: Lifespan Perspective With Developmental Disabilities
Disability Norms, Values, and Principles  
Micro Perspective: Serving Individuals With DD and their Families  
Mezzo Perspective: Social Work Group Practice  
Macro Perspective: Systems Change and Transformation  
Leslie Wind
Chapter 16: Coping and Resilience in Youth After Exposure to Disaster
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo and Macro Perspectives  
Comprehensive Application to Case Vignette  
Amber Denblaker
Chapter 17: Transition in Pediatric Oncology
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective: Organization and Community  
Macro Perspective: Policy Analysis and Policy Advocacy  
Samih Samaha
Chapter 18: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Elizabeth Eastlund & Susan Hess
Chapter 19: Intimate Partner Violence
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Robert Hernandez
Chapter 20: Working With Gang Involved/Affiliated Youth
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective: Communities in Schools  
Macro Perspective: Policy Implications  
Nadia Mishael
Chapter 21: Adolescent Bullying
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Kristen Zaleski
Chapter 22: Crisis Intervention With Adolescent Victims of Sexual Assault
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Brandon Burton
Chapter 23: Adolescents in Juvenile Detention
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Part III: Social Work Practice: Interventions With Diverse Communities in the U.S. and Global Action
Julie A. Cederbaum, Eddie Hu, & Heather A. Klusaritz
Chapter 24: Public Health Social Work
Application to Vignette  
Program Planning and Evaluation  
Eugenia L. Weiss & Diana Pineda
Chapter 25: The Engineering of Social Work in Communities
Social Work and Engineering  
Krystal Hays & Karen Lincoln
Chapter 26: Mental Health Promotion Among African Americans
Mental Heath Among African Americans  
Mental Health Prevention and Intervention With African Americans  
Culturally Adapted Clinical Interventions  
Mental Health Promotion  
Multi-level Practice Implications  
Jeremy Goldbach & Shannon Dunlap
Chapter 27: Sexual Minorities
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Hilary Weaver
Chapter 28: Intergenerational Trauma and Indigenous People
An Overview of Intergenerational Trauma  
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Fred Stone
Chapter 29: The Suicidal Military Client
Micro Perspectives  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Murali D. Nair
Chapter 30: Global Social Work
Social Work Values  
Importance of Global Social Work  
Types of Global Social Work  
Annalisa Enrile & Wilhma De Castro
Chapter 31: Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery: A Case Study of the Philippines
Country Case Study: Philippines  
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Eric Awich Ochen
Chapter 32: Psychosocial Support for Youth Affected by Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda
Micro Perspective  
Mezzo Perspective  
Macro Perspective  
Shira Hantman & Moshe Farchi
Chapter 33: From Helplessness to Active Coping in Israel: Psychological First Aid
Micro Perspective: Perceived Psychological Trauma  
Mezzo Perspective: Group Interventions  
Macro Perspective: Social Work Interventions in Trauma and Emergencies: The Israeli Experience  
Xiaoyan Han, Juan Guo, & Wen-Jui Han
Chapter 34: Development and Current Status of the Social Work Profession in China
Micro and Mezzo Perspectives of Jun’s Case  
Positive Youth Development in China  
Intervention: The Positive Youth Development Program  
Conclusion: The Present and Future Direction of Social Work Practice in China  
Saeed Momtazi
Chapter 35: Drug Abuse in Iran: A Psychosocial Perspective
Biopsychosocial Aspects of Drug Abuse  
The Policy Roller Coaster  
Social Workers' Role in Intervention  
Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Aspects of Social Work Intervention  
Glenda Bawden
Chapter 36: Australia’s Indigenous People
Micro Perspective: Culturally Sensitive Engagement  
Mezzo Perspective: Developing Organizational Cultural Competence  
Macro Perspective: The Social Determinants of Health and Governmental Policies  


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.

“[This book] is a foundation of social work practice text for the 21st century! Designed to educate the social work student on the broad strokes as well as nuances of practice that have been and will be influenced by the Affordable Care Act legislation, it takes into consideration the practice needs of adults, children, families, and diverse populations. The text incorporates a local, national, and international perspective and uses evidence-based practice approaches. The editors have gathered noted scholars worldwide to write about areas involving numerous and varied areas of social work. If you are an educator, looking for a cutting-edge text for your students, think about using this rich, detailed and broad-scope text. I know my students will be using it ASAP.”

Joan Beder
DSW, Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

“So much current wisdom in one text! A must-have resource for social work students, as well as experienced clinicians, regardless of specialty.”

Mary E. Nalick
Esq., LCSW, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA

“This text is a uniquely structured and comprehensive compilation of journal quality and research-rich content chapters, which aid in demonstrating social work’s integrative partnership with various fields of practice. It highlights social work practice today through its exploration of a range of issues from children and families to aging and communities while offering targeted interventions proven from practice and research.”

Carolyn Gentle-Genitty
Indiana University
Key features


  • Each chapter integrates micro, mezzo, and macro perspectives and critical analysis of each segment.
  • The organization of the book into 35 chapters within four sections makes it ideal for an advanced graduate practice course.
  • Consideration of Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) supports collegial and interdisciplinary connections and transactions.
  • Overarching themes that include health settings, mental health, children and families, diversity, and global and international social work reflect common areas in social work practice.
  • Chapter-opening Learning Objectives and case vignettes illustrate the key issues in a particular chapter.
  • Lists of additional resources throughout provide the opportunity for further exploration.
  • Discussion questions at the close of chapters stimulate readers to engage in professional dialogue.

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